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Constructive engagement is the only way to get a comprehensive deal on the peace process

7 March, 2005


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP speaking from Dunboyne this afternoon where he is campaigning with the party's by-election candidate Joe Reilly said "I'm sure the Taoiseach understands precisely what needs to be done to sort current difficulties. If the peace process is to be put back together then the starting point must be a constructive engagement. And the conditions in which such an engagement can take place must be created."

Mr. Adams said:

"Last December Sinn Féin was working with the two governments to secure a comprehensive deal which would deal with the issue of armed groups, see the political institutions restored and the Good Friday Agreement implemented. This fell apart when the DUP walked away from talks. Any future deal must address these three elements. In relation to the issue of criminality, our position is equally clear - we are opposed to criminality and there is no place in this party for anyone involved in it.

"I'm sure the Taoiseach understands precisely what needs to be done to sort out current difficulties. If the peace process is to be put back together then the starting point must be a constructive engagement. And the conditions in which such an engagement can take place must be created.

"Republicans are willing to play our part, as I outlined at the weekend, but there is an equally heavy responsibility on the Irish government to act. The Taoiseach needs to examine the impact of recent comments by government ministers on the process. He needs to be working with us to develop a strategy back to talks." ENDS

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